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Welcome to the web site for the village of Bowburn, County Durham, a former mining community, less than 4 miles to the South of Durham City in the North East of England. A warm welcome to our Internet community wherever you may be from. Please browse our pages and enjoy.
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2008 Archive

Tragedy on Motorway (31.12.08)

A terrible tragedy to the end of the year saw how a young man  was knocked over and killed South of the Bowburn interchange on the  Motorway. The road was closed for some time and it was later announced that a local man aged 29 was hit by vehicles while trying to cross the A1M .

Xmas Disco (14.12.08)

xmas disco

Centre cuts.22.11.08

The management committee of Bowburn Community Association next meets this Wednesday (November 26). It will be making important decisions on how to cut its refurbishment plans, following advice from Durham City Council that funding is unlikely to be found for the full scheme.

The meeting starts at 7pm and all affiliated groups are urged to make sure their representatives attend.

Big Band is Back 22.11.08

– By Popular demand tickets are now on sale for the Bush Big Band Christmas event, in Bowburn Community Centre, on Friday, December 12. The £7.50 tickets include a buffet meal and can be bought at the Community Centre (0191-377-0571) or by ringing 0191-377-0653.

New quiz 21.11.08

The latest Bowburn word quiz is now out. These popular quizzes help raise funds for the Bowburn & Parkhill Community Partnership and are compiled by its secretary, Janet Blackburn. Entry forms are £1 each, with prizes of £20, £10 and £5. Closing date: February 13, 2009. Available by ringing 0191-377-0653.

Trading Standards 20/11/08

CONTACT OFFICER Sharon Harrison TEL NO. 0191 383 3586

FAX. 0191 383 4234



An Incident in Durham recentlty saw a lady in the Carrville area has had a roofing company knocking on her door 'looking' for roofing jobs. They gave a quote which was valid for three days only - the price appears to be much lower than the 'normal price'. There are no address details on the flier and the quote. Instead of giving cancellation rights they have a clause which states 'In the event of cancellation the full cost of materials must be paid for'. 

The only other information we have is they were driving a dark van. Please remember, if someone tries to sell you something in your own home, you should be given cancellation rights, of course there are exceptions to this. For further guidance and clarification on The Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumers Home or Place of Work etc Regulations 2008 (Doorstep Selling Rights) please contact Trading Standards on 0191 383 3589

REQUESTED ACTION Please contact us if you have any further information, such as names and descriptions of the people, registration number and further details of the van.

Football Manager Steps Down 14.11.09

A Local football sunday morning team were shocked last week when there Manager called a meeting and decided to quit. Bowburn Crowtrees football manager Gary Hutchinson packed in the role after a number of bad results and lack of players .Gary is expected to team back up with Cooperage manager Gary Parle who he once played for but rumours also say he will be going back to refereeing and helping the youngsters from Bowburn where his own son now plays.

When asked to what he was doing next he replied "going to do a car boot this week with the wife and will decide over the next fortnight ,I would like to wish the new manager all the best they were and still are a great set of lads but thought it was just to much running about for one person and after a string of bad results I decided to call a meeting to discuss recent results but decided on the spot to step down  " Euan Underwood has taken over the Crowtrees job.

History award.14.11.08

Bowburn Local History Society has been awarded £9,000 in the National Lottery’s latest round of “Awards for All”, to help equip its new resource centre. Thanks to an earlier grant from the village Community Chest, City Fabrications, of Bowburn, last week fitted security grills to the room where the group will keep its books, photos, files, equipment and memorabilia. Anyone seeking further information can contact the group’s secretary, Malcolm Bell, on 0191-377-1391, or come to one of its monthly meetings. The next meeting is this Thursday (20 November), in Bowburn Community Centre, starting at 7pm.

Community Partnership13.11.08

The next meeting of Bowburn & Parkhill Community Partnership is on Tuesday (18 November), in Bowburn Community Centre, starting at 6.30pm. Open to all local residents.

Decontamination report. 11.11.08

Geoff Woodcock, of the Esh Group, Esh House, Bowburn, will give a presentation to Cassop-cum-Quarrington Parish Council on Wednesday (19 November) about the decontamination of the site of the former Cape asbestos factory. He will also give news about the planning application, expected soon, for the detailed layout of housing on the site. The Council’s meeting are open to the public. This month’s meeting is in Bowburn Community Centre, starting at 7.00pm.

Lost banner.10.11.08

Bowburn Banner Group has gratefully accepted an offer by David Gibson, of Trimdon Grange, to make the 1985 Tursdale Mechanics NUM banner available to march with them into next year’s Durham Miners’ Gala. The banner, which had been lost for many years, was retrieved two months ago by Mr Gibson, with the help of the Durham Mining Museum. It made its first public re-appearance at the Bowburn group’s Heritage Open Day exhibition on 13 September.

New Road Opens (31.11.08)

The new A1(M) to A19 link road, from Park Hill to Byers Garth, was officially opened yesterday, by Paul Clark, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport.

Sad News (03.11.08)

Bowburn villager Colin McCormick passed away this morning.
Colin was a district councillor for Cassop-cum-Quarrington from 1973 till 1999 and during that time was regularly seen on his Sunday morning walkabout through the village.
We would like to pass our condolences to Colin's Family

Bowburn Charity Football (30.10.08)

Bowburn Cooperage FC are organizing a Youngns vs Oldens charity football match, tomorrow (Saturday 1 November), in aid of the Robbie Jones Trust. In the evening, a raffle will be held during the Band Night at The Cooperage.

Church Services (30.10.08)

The Christ the King church service this Sunday, All Saints Sunday (2 November), starts at 9.30am. The All Souls Service on Monday (3 November) starts at 7.30pm. Next weekend, Anglicans and Methodists will join for a Remembrance Sunday (9 November) service in the church at 9.30am, followed by a service at the war memorial at 10.45.

Youth Club (30.10.08)

The DJ Evans Youth Club (Bowburn Youth Project) will hold its Annual General Meeting next Friday (7 November)starting at 6.30pm. All supporters are welcome to attend, especially – but not only – if they are interested in joining the management committee

Energy Saving Questions?? (21.10.08)

Bowburn Community Association is asking users of the community centre what they think about plans to include various energy saving and environmentally friendly features in its proposed refurbishment.
A simple questionnaire can be picked up from the centre and should be returned by the end of this month

Culvert Damage (21.10.08)

Anxiety about flooding problems at Bowburn beck were not helped on Monday (20 October) when a vehicle was driven over the culvert near to Charlesworth Close, causing it to collapse.
Ironically, the vehicle belonged to a company that specialises in drain and sewer clearance.

Bowburn Calendar (21.10.08)

Once again, Bowburn's History Group have produced a calendar for 2009. The calendar for next year features photographs of prominent village buildings which are no longer in existence
The calendar is on sale at the following locations

  • Crowtrees Workingmens Club
  • Bowburn Medical Centre
  • Post Office
  • Petrol Station
  • Atkinsons Newsagents
  • Scarrs Newsagents
  • Andersons Bakery
  • Bowburn Pharmacy
  • Bowburn Community Centre

Get your copy now

Childrens Disco (21.10.08)

november disco

Raffle (08.10.2008)

As everyone knows by now or should do we are trying to raise as much money as we can for the Robbie Jones Trust for more details and events click on the link above .We are now selling raffle tickets for a top prize of a holiday for a family of four people in a five star hotel in Cyprus worth over £2000 this will be drawn on the 25th at Ramside Hall .The cost of the tickets are £5 each but are for a great prize and cause if anyone would like 1 or more then contact Robbies parents or email us here at and we will pass the information on THANKYOU.

Players Wanted for Village  Team (04.10.2008)

Bowburn crowtrees who play in the Durham and District sunday Morning League are looking for new players due to a number of players leaving due to work commitments etc ,please note this is a adult football team and you must be over the age of 17 to play ,if you are intrested then please contact the club manager at

Race Night A Success(30.09.08)

Both Bowburn Cooperage F.C. and Bowburn Youth F.C. held a joint Race Night last night in the Cooperage pub with money raised going to both clubs ,Gary and Jane from both clubs would like to thank the Landlord John and everyone who attended for making it a great night keep looking at both there websites here on the sports pages  for future events.

Copper Pipe Stolen (26.09.08)

A incident recently saw a copper gas pipe stolen from the wall luckily they turned the gas of first ,obviously this is very dangerous so please keep your eyes open and like any other time if you can smell gas turn off the supply and let the experts check it out.

Possible Diesel Theft (26.09.08)

A car looked as though someone had tried to syphon Diesel recently as the cap was removed and signs of syphoning were there, luckily the owner had been on a long trip and had no diesel or very little in the tank. Please keep your eyes open and report any incident like this to the Police.

Broadway Comes to Bowburn  (26.09.08)

Press statement on behalf of Bowburn Community Association

The increasingly popular show group, "On Broadway", is performing at Bowburn Community Centre on Friday 10th October. The group, which has four female vocalists and live drums and guitars backing, has drawn a growing band of followers from around the region as it has toured with concerts in aid of numerous charities.

At the Durham's Gala Theatre, recently, it helped raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, while wowing an audience of nearly 400, paying £9 per ticket. Bowburn Community Association has chosen to charge only £1 per ticket (50p children and OAPs) but hopes the audience will help the community centre and the many local groups that use it by buying raffle and tombola tickets. 

A collection will also be made for Robbie Jones, the two-year-old from Bowburn who returned home recently after narrowly surviving meningitis.

The concert will consist of popular favourites from the musicals. It starts at 7.30pm but the bar will be open from 7pm. Savouries and other refreshments will be also be on sale from the community centre's kitchen counter. To be sure of a ticket, ring (0191) 377-0571. 

Numbers permitting, they will also be available at the door.

Cape site decontamination going well (25.09.08)

Thanks to our friends at the Bowburn Interchange for this story

Work is well on schedule in the decontamination of the former Cape factory site, Geoff Woodcock, of the Esh Group, and Phil Brown, of Sirius Remediation, told the September meeting of the Bowburn & Parkhill Community Partnership. Clearance of the main asbestos pit is complete and everything removed there down to virgin clay. Two zones, west and south of the pit, have also been examined. An area has been cleared at the north-east corner of the site, to store the clean top soil. The large concrete slab was being made ready for lifting and crushing. The edges of the slab, were gaps for drainage had some asbestos contamination, were the next target for attention. A strip of land between the slab and PC Henderson’s would be cleared soon, after seeds from protected orchids had been collected for re-sowing. Shrubs and trees were being examined. This included seven mature trees next to the Durham road, which it was hoped could be saved, though that depended on whether soil around their roots contained an unacceptable level of contamination. The nine air monitors, Mr. Woodcock reported, had shown no indications of unacceptable levels of air-borne asbestos (i.e. less than 0.01 fibres per litre) and in general the overall amount of contamination had been less than had been allowed for. Progress had not been delayed by the bad weather, largely because efforts had been made to work faster than scheduled during the earlier dry weather. All being well, there would be very little Hartlepool-bound traffic from October onwards, as the main efforts moved to crushing the concrete slab. This was currently being cleared and swept, with swab tests being done to ensure no contamination remained.

New housing

A planning application for the detailed housing element of the new development was bring prepared. It was expected that it would contain between 250 and 280 residential units, including 30% affordable houses to be provided by a housing association. (These might all be for rent, or some may be for shared equity or shared ownership, depending on the plans of the housing association when that is chosen.) The remaining houses will be for sale, by Dunelm Houses, at between £150,000 and £250,000 each.

When the detailed layout is worked out, the Community Partnership and the two parish councils (for the site is actually in Shincliffe parish) will be consulted, before the planning application is submitted.

The Esh Group had not yet started marketing the six acre commercial use site, although some possible layouts were being considered. The Esh House car park will be extended into the site.


Mr. Brown reported that traffic movements were now down to 15 per week (compared with 60 per week during the early busy period). 30,000 tonnes of material had been removed, though no more than one or two per cent of this had been asbestos. Even this had overwhelmingly (up to 95%) been asbestos cement sheeting, which does not yield asbestos fibres unless smashed up. Asbestos had been found in larger amounts than predicted in the factory’s tanks, from which 2,000 tonnes had been safely removed. The last known contaminated area would be cleared when the protected orchids were catered for. That will more or less signal the end of wagon movements, he said.

It was noted that there had been complaints at one stage about wagons leaving the site and then going down Tail upon End Lane, contrary to instructions. The contractors had been warned that they would lose the contract if one was found to do it again and, to the best of Mr. Woodcock’s and Mr. Brown’s knowledge, the practice had ceased immediately.


When asked about the possible nuisance of noise, when work on crushing the concrete slab commenced, Mr. Brown said the crushers were unlikely to work on Saturdays, though they had planning permission to do so, and they would only work between 8.00am and 6.00pm on weekdays. The nearest machines would be 200 to 300 metres from the nearest houses, and would move progressively away from them, towards the railway. Experience led them to believe this would not be a major problem for neighbours, being much further away than on many other sites.


The visitors were also asked about drainage plans, given that all sewage from the village goes to Bowburn Sewage Treatment Works, which is already running to capacity. They replied that Northumbrian Water had told them these were due to be upgraded by November 2010. It was hoped to have the first houses occupied in 2009, using existing foul water drainage from the site. However, if NWL required it, temporary holding tanks would be used and sewage tankered away until new drainage, which would not come through the village, was in operation. “Percent for art”

Mr. Woodcock announced that his company was expecting to commission or make a contribution towards a work of public art, as a condition of their planning permission. He asked members of the Community Partnership to put some thought into what they would like the Esh Group to spend this money on in the village. His own view was that it should be something that benefited the whole community, not just the residents of the new estate.

Bowburn Interchange(24.09.08)

The latest edition of the quarterly village newsletter, Bowburn Interchange, was printed this week and will be delivered to every local household over the next few days. It can be viewed on-line at . What would you like to see more of or less of in the interchange? let us have your views .

Environmental improvements.(24.09.08)

The trustees of the Bowburn & Parkhill Community Partnership met this week to plan how to take forward a number of improvements in the village, whose need has been identified over the last few years. They include street lights, footpaths, fencing and street furniture.What do you think we need?

Happy Birthday (23.09.08)

Happy Birthday today to Janet Miller .

Upcoming Performance (16.09.08)

Church Dedication (14.09.08)

The Village Church held it's dedication ceremony on Saturday and is now open for worship.

Congratulations to all concerned in getting the church up and running again

church opens


Heritage Event (08.09.08)

Get along to the Community Centre this Saturday to see a 'host' of banners and other heritage presentations.

heritage day

Crowtrees Fundraising Night (08.09.08)

A fundraising night at Bowburn Crowtrees WMC on Saturday night for the Robbie Jones appeal raised nearly £3000.
Robbie's parents, Jill and Wayne, and their families would like to thank everyone for their support especially Susan Teasdale who did lots of work behind the scenes, and for all the donations from local Companies  including the raffle prizes which came from all over.
Special thanks to Andersons Bakers, the bar staff and Jimmy on the disco who all gave up their own Time and once again to everyone who attended and made it a special night.

There are also other events happening over the coming weeks including:

27th Sept DRAG QUEEN Brian WRIGHT + Disco Karoke and Raffle at The Station Pub Meadowfield £2.50/Ticket

You can also find out more on ITV tonight 10.30pm and on Robbie's new  website which is currently being developed and updated at 

Fundraising night for Robbies Appeal (21.08.08)

A night in aid of Robbie has been organised by Thompson Building Centres.

Wayne, Robbies father, works for the Durham branch of Thompson Building Centres as a wagon driver and all the staff there wanted to do something to help a fellow colleague who has been so unfortunate.
They have got together and organised a night of entertainment as listed below:

DATE      Tues 14th October 2008  

VENUE   Shotton Comrades Club


various artists including:-

  • Reflections Duo

  • extraordinary gentlemen Male Vocalist-Eddie Charles

  • Female Vocalist-to be confirmed

There will also be a raffle and an auction on the night.

Tickets are available from the local Branch Director of Thompsons, Ian Fish tel: 0191-3787777

Or Gemma Ganley in the HR Dept tel: 0191-5659025)

price £2.50 each.

Any donations for the night will be greatly accepted and 100% of the proceeds will go to aid Robbie.

30 years of Photographs (18.08.08)

Bowburn Local History group have arranged an event for Thursday 21st August.
Bill Swinburn, local photographer and member of Durham photographic society, will give a slide show of his work over the last 30 years at Bowburn community centre starting at 7.00pm.  A 50p donation to the society is suggested for non-members attending.

Durham Gala Theatre Supports Bowburn Child (15.08.08)

A few weeks ago a Bowburn infant, Robbie Jones, who is under two years old was rushed into University Hospital Durham where he was then urgently transferred to Newcastle after been diagnosed with meningitis. 

Unfortunately he has suffered terrible injuries and for a few days it was uncertain whether he was going to survive at all.
His mother is a member of staff at the gala theatre in Durham and the staff there, as well as stars from all over, have agreed to give up there time to have a special evening at the Gala in Durham to raise funds for Robbie as well as the Meningitis Trust.

This special night will be held on 17th October at 7.30pm. You can book online at or by phone at 0191 332 4041.
You can also follow progress at
Please give your support for this village infant and a worthy cause.

Also at Bowburn Crowtrees WMC on the 6th September staff have given up there time for a disco and Raffle to raise funds.
Tickets will be £3 and are available from Linda Jones or ask behind the bar for details so if you cannot go to the gala why not come along and have a great night for this special cause.


Interior almost ready! (15.08.08)

church interior

church interior

church interior

3 Streets Book Sale (05.08.08)

Latest Church Pictures (01.08.08)

Thanks to Edwin Kelly for these latest photographs

New Church

New Church

New Church

New Church

Church Watch (23.07.08)

Won't be long now................

church internal

church internal

church internal

church internal

ridge tiles going on

Family Fun Day Poster (21.07.08)

More details on Family Fun Day as mentioned earlier.

Fun Day

Church Watch (16.07.08)

a further Church pictorial update. (pictures' courtesy of Edwin Kelly)

Church in July

Church in July

Church in July

Family Fun Day at Community Centre (15.07.08)

A family fun day will be held at Bowburn Community Centre on Tuesday 12th August.

More details soon.


Banner Parade USA style (12.06.08)

Saturday saw the banner paraded through the village led by the Ohio Brass Band from USA.

Ohio Brass Band

band and banner

A member of the travelling entourage told "We have been overwhelmed by the warmth and courtesy extended to us on our stay here. The people of Bowburn are wonderful."
From all at - thank you for coming over and we wish you a safe journey home

Look out for more pictures in the gallery soon.

If you have pictures from marching through Durham then let us have a copy and we can publish on the web site

Banner Group Night Out (07.07.08)

banner group poster

Woodland Trust Outing (07.07.08)

Not quite in the village but sounds like a great outing.

woodland trust poster

Archive pages created (05.07.08)    

To condense the data we have archived the information from 2006 & 2007 to different pages.
To access old data please use the links above for relevant years.
This page will only contain information from the current year

Church Watch (05.07.08)


church watch

church watch

church watch

US band jets to Bowburn (04.07.08)

Villagers in Bowburn are gearing themselves up to receive the Ohio Brass Band (OBB), which arrives in Durham on Friday 4 July. It will play three concerts in the Durham Brass Band Festival and march Bowburn's banners in the Durham Miners' Gala on Saturday 12 July.

This will be the first American band to play at Durham Big Meeting since 1961, when a US Air Force band marched in the Tanfield Miners Lodge, causing a sensation that many still remember with awe. Coincidentally, at least one member of that band, quoted in the County Durham Advertiser on 22 July 1961, was also from Ohio. It is clear that he too was overwhelmed by the experience.

This year's OBB consists of members of several brass bands in the Columbus, Ohio area of the USA. They are: the Brass Band of Columbus (10 times winners of The North American Brass Band Association Championship Section), the Central Ohio Brass Band (2007 winners of the Honors Section of NABBA), the Scioto Valley Brass and Percussion Company, the Ohio Valley British Brass Band and the Alumni Band of The Ohio State University Marching Band (the world’s largest brass band).

Clearly the OBB is a top class band and Bowburn is right to be excited.

The band is leaving Columbus on 3 July, arriving at Manchester Airport the next morning (Friday 4 July) and then travelling to Durham. They return to the USA on 14 July.

While in the UK the bandsmen will tour Edinburgh, York, and London, seeing the sights, but not performing. They are paying their own travel and lodging expenses, though the Bowburn Banner Group is paying a fee to the band itself for the Gala weekend and are assisting in various ways while they are here in Durham. "This will be a great occasion, so we are keen to make them as welcome as possible", said Banner Group chairman Dennis Morgan. He added, "We hope everyone in Durham will give them a holiday to remember!"

The OBB will play a free Eve of Gala Celebration concert, in Bowburn Community Centre, on Friday 11 July.  Admission will be limited to 300, with free tickets and programmes available at the door on a first-come-first-served basis. Doors open at 6.30pm. Bar open at 7.00pm. Concert starts at 7.30pm.

The next morning, on Saturday 12 July, "Big Meeting Day", it will march Bowburn's Centenary Banner and Children's Banner – both produced to celebrate the village's centenary two years ago – through the village and then through Durham City in the Durham Miners Gala.

A big welcome is expected in front of the Royal County Hotel when it arrives some time after 11.00am.

It is hoped that the trip will encourage other brass banders in the United States to travel to England, and to Durham in particular, for brass band festivals and competitions in future years. Bowburn villagers are hoping that the alumni of The Ohio State University Marching Band, also known as TBDBITL (which stands for "the best damn band in the land"!) will be attracted to visit them - if not next year, then hopefully in 2010.

The OBB’s Director, Dr. Paul Droste, grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and decided, at an early age, to be a school band director and music educator. He holds degrees from The Ohio State University, The Eastman School of Music, and a DMA in Euphonium Performance from The University of Arizona. While a student at Ohio State, he was himself a member of The OSU Marching Band.

He later directed this band, from 1970 till 1983, and taught in the OSU School of Music for 25 years. In 1984, he founded the Brass Band of Columbus and directed it for 20 years. For many years he was a brass band clinician for Yamaha International and was responsible for starting several British-style brass bands throughout the US.

In 2007 he became director of the OSU Marching Band Alumni Band. The Brass Band of Columbus performed at The British Open in 2000, and the Droste family has been to England several times for the National Championships, and the Royal Northern Festival.

In Durham, the OSB will be performing as follows:

• Sat. 5 July 2008 - Opening for the Brighouse & Rastrick Band concert at the Gala Theatre - 6.30pm.
• Wed. 9 July 2008 - Joint Concert with Fishburn Band at the Durham Music Dept., Palace Green - 8.00pm.
• Fri. 11 July 2008 - Eve of Gala Concert at Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn - 7.30pm.
• Sat. 12 July 2008 - Durham Miners' Gala.

Rules Rules Rules!!! (02.07.08)

Here is an extract from an email recently received from a Resident:

"I live in Tunstall Ave (lived here approx 15 years) and today my wife phoned me while I was at work to say that our Wheelie Bin had not been emptied.
So I phoned the council and asked the reason why, after about a twenty minute wait their reason was that I had garden waste in the bin (grass cuttings) which I have been doing every week since I don't know when.
The girl I spoke to says that we should have a garden collection day,  well we in this part of the village don't,
I told her that some of the village has green bins i.e. the tarmac estate as a few others but not here, So she put me on hold again and came back with the answer that she was sorry for the inconvenience but the refuse team leader said that they could not do anything about it and that it was not allowed to put garden waste in the wheelie bins , the team leader said that it was my responsibility to bag it and take it to Coxhoe refuse site.
So after I explained about how much council tax I paid and that I have been asking for a green wheelie for a few years now, So before I blew a fuse I hung up and told her that I would take the matter further.

Bike Crime (26.06.08)

A bike was stolen from outside a home today in Millford Way the bike was a blue bmx with silver distinctive stunt pegs on each wheel. The bike was stolen between 11am and 2pm anyone with any information please contact your local police who were very quick to respond and are searching the area.

Local Man Dies On Holiday (25.06.08)

News that a local man has died while on holiday is coming through if true we would like to send our deepest sympathy to the family concerned.

Fish Shop Taken Over (24.06.08)

Work is under way to try and get the local fish shop open for next week this is after a new manager  took out a lease early today. Recently the shop seems to lost a lot of trade but the new Bowburn Fish Bar as it is to be known is hoping for better success it will still sell Pizzas and Kebabs as well as Fish and Chips and a delivery service will operate day and night.

Police Raid (22.06.08)

News of a incident that a raid took place at the flat above the local Fish Shop where illegal immigrants were meant to have been found. This story has of yet not been confirmed but was from local residents talking we will try to confirm a.s.a.p.

Church Watch! (21.06.08)

Some more pictures to keep you up to date with the building of the new Church.

Photos courtesy of Edwin Kelly.

church build

church build

church build

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church build

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church build

church build

church build

Football Clubs Look to Future after split(09.06.08)

The new committee of Bowburn Youth football club are hoping the club can be took further forward. After a recent AGM saw new members voted on to the committee. New chairman, Mr. Dean Goodchild, is hoping to add more teams to what they already have and are working hard to make it a success. If you are interested in joining the club then you can contact  Jayne Kushnirenko via the clubs website whose link  is Bowburn Youth Football Club or call around to the training on Tuesday Nights at 6pm all ages welcome boys and girls .

Bowburn Athletic FC

Bowburn Athletic FC has recently been set up by Bowburn Youths old secretary Mr Alan Wilson and like the original club they are also looking for players. You can also visit there website at Bowburn Athletic FC to find out more details.


The roof goes up! (02.06.08)

Work on the new church roof started today

roof going on
the 1st roof truss going up

crane lifting up truss
gently does it!

in place!
1st one up

all roof trusses up
All installed and ready for roof

once again, thanks go to Edwin Kelly for the photo's

Forecourt Sale (02.06.08)

This Saturday, 7th June, the 3 streets project will hold a forecourt sale at the Community Centre from 10am till 1pm to raise funds for the 3 streets project. There will be bric-a-brac, books, household items, cd's etc also a tombola for those who like a flutter.

There will also be a bottle fair on inside the Centre at the same time.

Community Fire Safety (28.05.08)

Following the serious fire in the village, the local Fire Brigade made house calls to all houses in the area talking about Fire-safety and also fitting smoke alarms to those who wanted them. spoke with one of the officers in charge and he informed us: "If anyone has missed us on our rounds - then we ask people to contact us on 0191 332 4222 and we will make an appointment to come and visit them."

More information on Community Fire Safety can be found at the web site:

Fire in the village (28.05.08)

Fire-fighters were called to a serious fire in the village last night. A house in Bede terrace was severely damaged by fire. Luckily, everyone escaped and only minor injuries were incurred.

New church starts to take shape (28.05.08)

here are a few pictures of the church taking shape. (pictures courtesy of Edwin Kelly)

up to window level
getting to window level

floor going down
Floor going down

new church
One of the 1st holes to be dug

Another Bank Holiday Over(25.05.08)

Bowburn had another sunny fine bank holiday with the sun shining but more and more people are going abroad despite rising costs .What should Bowburn have on surely there could be some kinds of events in the village on Bank Holidays .
Also after the village celebrations day and fire work display should we hold something like that every year ?Why not visit our forum via the link above and join in and have your say .

Bowburn Crowtrees fc names new manager and sponsor (19.05.08)

Bowburn Crowtrees not only announced who there manager was but also a shirt sponsor has also been found to find out who these are and more news click on there website Bowburn Crowtrees fc for all the latest news .

Footballs AGM (13.05.08)

Bowburn Crowtrees FC will hold there annual General Meeting this Sunday where a new manager will be named after David Foster stepped down at the end of the season.Gary Hutchinson looks likely to take over from David .If anyone is interested in coming along or joining the committee in any way  then email the club at a.s.a.p.

Watch out Poland (09.05.08)

Approximately 24 lads are expected to hit Newcastle airport this morning from the village on a stag weekend to Poland.Steven Gibson and his mates are hitting the night lights of Poland to celebrate his future wedding good luck from all at the Bowburn village website

Another glorious day (09.05.08)

Once again the weather for today is expected to be good as a large number of people are expected to take holidays to soak up the weather Drizzle is for casted for tonight.

Charity Night (08.05.08)

Locals are expected to turn out tonight at the local club to see Juke Box Jive perform for charity where proceeds will be raised for Lung Cancer all are welcome.

Local Man Found (08.05.08)

According to locals Colin McCormick was found this morning near to Henderson woods by a passer by walking his dog it is thought Mr McCormick may have been attempting to go to his garden allotment which he once went to on a daily basis Mr McCormick has since been taken to hospital to be checked we wish him all the best.Please note the three stories here have not been confirmed but have come from a local source in the village.

Local Man Goes Missing (07.05.08)

Police called of the search for local man and Ex councilor Colin McCormick at around midnight tonight after reports he had gone missing police on foot patrol and in the air via the helicopter worked for a number of hours before calling off the search until in the morning according to local sources.

Police Chase on (07.05.08)

Police cars were slowing traffic down towards the entrance to Bowburn going northbound from the motorway today as what looked like a tv show turned into reality as patrol cars chased down a blue car on the motorway ,at least 3 patrol cars surrounded the car as other police cars slowed traffic down from behindand in front  in a attempt to stop the car .

U13 Disco (07.05.08)

dico poster

Watch out Liverpool (03.05.08)

Approximatly 20 lads are expected to hit Liverpool this morning from the village on a stag weekend. Wayne Jones and his mates are hitting the night lights of the mersey to celebrate his future wedding good luck from all at the Bowburn village website

Yesterdays local election Results Congratulations to Labour  (02.05.08)

 BLAKEY, Jan : The Labour Party Candidate : 867 Elected
 BURRISS, Rhys : Local Conservatives : 311
 HAGUE, Patrick : Local Conservatives : 316
 LLOYD, Katherine Adele : British National Party : 142
 RIDLEY, Martin Thomas : Independent : 177
 ROBINSON, Maggie : Independent : 267
 WALKER, Adam Joseph : Liberal Democrats : 507
 WILLIAMS, Mac : The Labour Party Candidate :963 Elected
 WYNN, Robert William : Liberal Democrats : 536

 Number of seats: 2 Electorate:

Have you voted (01.05.08)

Local councilors will be at Meadowfield tonight where votes will be counted. Local girl Jan Blakey (labour) and local builder Martin Ridley (Independent) are two of the favorites, in our recent poll on the site it was the Liberal Party who were favorites nationally but who will it be locally?

Happy St George's Day (23.04.08)










Work starts (21.04.08)

Workmen have moved in to start the construction of the new church.

new church work starts

New church works starts

Remember this (17.04.08)

church being demolished: pic 6

Was it really only last June since the demolition of the church?

The answer is yes - this is one of the pictures we showed on the web site of the demolition.

Now the good News

Work begins on the New Church on Monday April 21st and is expected to take 16 weeks to complete.

Bowburnet would like to congratulate all involved with their fund raising efforts to get the replacement church started in less than 12 months since the demolition of the old one!!

Well done all

Fancy going shopping? (14.04.08)

To help raise funds, the 3 streets project is organising a shopping trip to Leeds, including the markets.
This will take place on Saturday 24th May. leaving from Bowburn Community Centre.
Tickets are £12 each.  Anyone interested contact  3 streets via the Community Centre

Popular Disco Returns (26.03.08)


Coming to a Community Centre near you! (26.03.08)

senior group

Community Information (26.03.08)

Do you know anyone who could benefit from a day out? then see the information below.


coach trip info

Try your hand at Judo! (26.03.08)

Did you know that Bowburn had a Judo Club?
Well it does and they meet on Tuesday nights at the Community Centre

New Members are welcome & Parents are welcome to attend

The times & sessions are:

Juniors 1st Class 6:00pm to 7:00pm

boys & girls aged 7yrs to 11yrs

cost £2.50p

Juniors 2nd Class 7:00pm to 8:00pm

boys & girls aged 12yrs to 15yrs

cost £2.50p

Tuition is by a Senior Coach of the British Judo Association who holds a Black Belt 3rd Dan

For more information please call 0191 3770571 or 07732638150 and 0191 3773319

Local football team needs urgent help as meeting aproaches(10.03.08)

The Bowburn Crowtrees football team who play in the Durham and District Sunday Morning League are set to have talks this Sunday 1pm to discus there future .
Bowburn have had football teams since a reported 1908 100 years although this is still to be confirmed ,The local team have struggled this season for players and have had a large number from outside of the village to keep the club running.
Bowburn Crowtrees fact will discuss on Sunday whether or not the club will continue, ever increasing costs of over £400 / season for the field and other costs including strips and referee bills have been paid but the club has presently no sponsor .The committee is also looking for members to help out selling the likes of domino cards and busters .
The main problem this year has not been money although a sponsor would help, but players ,there just does not seem to be the local lads coming through, and although the youth teams should help in a few years as the teams increase it is the present team who are struggling.
If  anyone is interested for next season either by playing sponsoring or just helping out then please email the club at BOWBURNCROWTREESFC@AOL.COM as soon as possible, we would like to wish the team all the best and hope something can be sorted on Sunday.

Has our village been robbed ? (10.03.08)

Some local people have been commenting on the amount of money that has been taken from the village to help pay for the New Durham Swimming pool ,if the figures are correct then some people are saying that over 11 million has been took to help the ever rising costs of the new pool if this is correct then surely the people of Bowburn should have been told of this .If anyone knows whether this is true or false then please email us at BOWBURNNEWS@AOL.COM so we can let everyone know the truth.

Severe week-end winds (01.03.08)

The recent winds took down some telephone cables yesterday. Cables in Prince Charles Avenue were blown from their telegraph poles and local police had to perform 'tidy up' work

New Co-op Opens (01.03.08)

This week saw the re-opening of the local Co-operative store after renovation.
Pupils from the local school were chosen to open the store

Award for Bowburn Youth Football (23.02.08)

On 31st January 2008 Bowburn Youth were awarded FA charter Standard Community Club Status by the Football Association, this is the highest award a Club can receive and Bowburn Youth FC are the first Club in the City of Durham to receive it.
Being a Community Club involves having teams for Mini-Soccer, youth and adults, being involved with local schools and having a Five Year Development Plan for the Club to follow.
A Community club must provide football for everyone including disabled players and next Season the Club will have 15 Teams with ages ranging from 5 years to 40+.
A Bowburn Youth Official told, Bowburn Youth Foorball Badge
"If things go to plan, a modified Five Year Development Plan will be used to secure funds from the Football Foundation to allow Bowburn Youth to deliver it's Five Year Plan. Every week we are attracting new players and next Season should see Club membership numbers rise to over 230. 
We have great plans for the future including the introduction of Bowburn Football Club which will have an Adults and U18's team which will play on Saturdays and be feeder teams for our youth players, our Five Year Plan caters for players that are not even born yet and we are looking ahead to the future, this includes Bowburn Football Club playing in the Football Conference League in years to come.
A lot of hard work has gone into gaining Community Club Status and now hopefully the children of Bowburn and surrounding areas can experience Football at a different level."

Bowburn Football Club Gets Community Club Status (22.02.08)

The village Youth football club has received Community club status one of the highest awards available more details on this to follow in the next day or so watch this space for more details

Not to be missed!! (20.02.08)

Local girl Brenda Collins will be performing at the Community Centre with proceeds going to the Banner Group to help with associated costs of attending the Big Meeting.

Guaranteed to be a good night!!
Brenda Collins poster

Games called off as expected (17.02.08)

With the hard frost last night both Bowburn senior teams football matches were called off Bowburn Hare and Greyhounds home game due to the frost and Bowburn W.M.C. match at Washington was also called of due to the referee not turning up. Both games are to be rearranged .

Village set for cold night(16.02.08)

News is tonight will be a very cold night tonight with temperatures about -6c expected this will cause problems on the road on Sunday morning with Black Ice been the problem so please drive carefully .

Under 13's Disco (12.02.08)

Well, you would have to wait 4yrs to have this disco on the same date again :-)

disco poster

Quiz Nite (27.01.08)

in aid of: The Str3ets - unadopted roads project

Friday Night is Quiz Night at Bowburn Club!
Please come along on 1 February starting at 7.30pm.

Come and beat the Quiz Master.

Refreshments will be served to stimulate your brain power!

Cooperage set to re-open(23.01.08)

News is coming in today that the Cooperage pub is set to re-open again as a public house not as flats as first thought.

Crash on Main Street (11.01.08)

There was a crash on the main road tonight just outside the library after a car coming down from the post office suddenly pulled over to park next to the methodist church.

This caused one car coming the other way to swerve and break suddenly luckily missing the car which had pulled in but a car following hit his breaks to late going into the back of him .

There was a slight tailback as cars were coming through the village dead on five oclock it is thought no-one was badly injured in the accident.

HAPPY NEW YEAR (01.01.08)